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The Accidental Tourist [DVD] [1988]

4.1 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Bill Pullman, William Hurt, Caroline Houck, Geena Davis, David Ogden Stiers
  • Directors: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, Frank Galati, Anne Tyler
  • Producers: Lawrence Kasdan, John Malkovich, Michael Grillo, Charles Okun
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Italian, Arabic, French, Romanian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CQ97OW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,420 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When I first saw this film I really liked it, mainly because it wasn't a formula film and I couldn't begin to figure out what would happen next. I hadn't seen anything like this for years: it was like a 1930s domestic comedy - driven by character and dialogue, rather than by action. The film was based on a 1985 Pulitzer-nominated novel by Anne Tyler, (I liked the film so much I went out and read the novel and now Anne Tyler is one of my favourite novelists.)

The actors playing the central characters - William Hurt as Macon Leary, Kathleen Turner as his wife and Geena Davis all give really good performances. Davis's portrayal of whacky Muriel Pritchett won her an Oscar for best supporting actress, but Hurt and Turner, playing a couple traumatised by the tragic death of their young son, are much less 'animated' and more subtle, and totally believable. Indeed Hurt plays his part as though he is sleep walking and still manages to earn our sympathy. The supporting cast also shines, particularly Leary's sister and brothers and Pritchett's young son. Lawrence Kasdan's direction is fairly low-key but brilliantly catches all the nuances of this family saga and the film really deserved its Oscar nomination for best picture.
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(THE FILM):
William Hurt and Kathleen Turner join Geena Davis, in the bittersweet comedy about a travel writer's unlikely new romance.

After the death of his son, Macon Leary, a travel writer, seems to be sleep walking through life. Macon's wife, seems to be having trouble too, and thinks it would be best if the two would just split up. After the break up, Macon meets a strange outgoing woman, who seems to bring him back down to earth. After starting a relationship with the outgoing woman, Macon's wife seems to think that their marriage is still worth a try. Macon is then forced to deal many decisions.
WHAT CAN I SAY?
This is a wonderful film by Lawrence Kasdan about a man who withdraws from his relationships with other people and the world after a terrible family tragedy. William Hurt plays the character of 'Macon', a man who writes books for people who don't want to travel and has become as grey and dull as his suit. His wife Sarah the vibrant Kathleen Turner separates from him and after an accident he goes to live with his family who live a life organised by his sister, Rose (Amy Wright) and settles into a dull routine. Even his dog seems to be turning against him, then he meets Muriel (Geena Davis) when boarding his dog and she not only teaches the dog new tricks but also shows Macon that his ways can be changed too.But Geena Davis really takes advantage of each moment and lights up every scene she's in. She's perfectly cast as the kitschy, free-spirited dog trainer and was well deserving of her `Best Supporting Actress' Oscar win.
Accidental Tourist is very much in the same mood as The big Chill and Grand Canyon Lawrence Kasdan has let the silence speak and describe the life of the characters.
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This is a wonderfully touching portait of a man, Hurt, who cannot grieve for his dead son and eventually ends up losing his marriage as well.

He writes travel books for people who hate travelling. For a while, after an accident, he goes back to the family home where his two dysfunctional brothers and sisters live cut off from the outside world.

Then he meets a dog trainer, Geena Davis who is both wonderfully whacky and vulnerable and a rocky romance begins. As this is a Kasdan film nothing is ever straight forward, like real life really.

Superbly acted by Hurt, Davis and Turner.
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This film won a lot of awards and if you open script-writing textbooks or certain academic film books its name will appear. This combined with the classic romantic comedy style poster and the word funny appearing 3 times in the blurb and quotes lead me to believe the film would be quite mainstream and classical.
However, what makes it so interesting is that it isn't really those things. It is in fact really dark, melancholy and tragic. I mean all those things in a positive way but it really caught me off guard as its reputation doesn't suggest what would be today classed as a dark indie movie. It is about grief and loss and cutting yourself off from the world so it can't hurt you again.
Never been a fan of William Hurt, always found him unemotional and unengaging and never understood why he kept getting work. The Accidental Tourist is the reason why because he is really brilliant in this film and gives a magnificent and unique performance and completely changed my opinion of the guy.
The rest of the cast are also great with Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis and Bill Pullman all on top form. The film does have funny moments in it but in a quirky indie way brought out of awkward situations with the protagonists strange but enchanting family and really well written dialogue with Geena Davis getting all the best lines. Plus there is a comedic dog which always helps a film.
So it does have funny moments and its narrative does follow a romantic struggle but I stand by the fact that it is a really mature look at melancholy, depression and trying to live again after experiencing terrible loss. A must see film but much darker and tragic than it's reputation suggests.
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